Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Faxing provides a solution to ethical challenge for lawyers

Those of us who work in offices and exchange documents regularly often use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word. It’s a handy way to make edits without losing the original text, just in case we want to go back to the original later.

For lawyers, though, Track Changes can present an ethical problem according to this post from the Internet Business Law Services web site. A legal document may contain all sorts of information that someone makes a decision not to share down the road. If Track Changes was used, though, it’s possible that the “hidden” data can be exposed, thus creating a potential breach of ethics and confidentiality. It doesn’t take much effort to make that happen, either.

Toward the end, the post talks about ways to prevent these potential breaches. Of course, one of the first ones listed is to fax the document instead of emailing it. A fax has no Track Changes function, so as long as you remember to accept all the changes before sending it the person on the other end can’t get at that confidential information.

Even if you’re not a lawyer, there may be things that have been removed or changed in certain documents that you don’t want to share. If that’s the case, avoid the risks. Use MyFax to send them.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Things you can do to help Planet Earth

It’s Earth month again. What started out back in the 1970s as a way of raising awareness about the planet and the effect we humans are having on it has now been extended to the entire month of April. Perhaps someday we’ll all think about it all the time, and every day will be Earth Day.

Until that day, it’s important for each of us to do what we can in our daily lives. Fortunately, as a user of MyFax you’re already having a positive effect. For proof, check out this special page, which shows the impact moving from fax machines to an Internet fax service can have.

Ok, that’s one thing. What other things can we all be doing to make a difference? I’d especially like to see some more ideas that not only help the planet, but make life or work easier too – the way MyFax does.